Apps Awards: Bike Dashboard, Niko Twitter-Controled Droid, and Pit Crew Win PUSH N90

nikotwitter controlled robot n900.jpgThe winner of PUSH N900 MOD IN THE
USA competition - BrettSarahTops - turned the Nokia N900
into a car-like dashboard showcasing odometer, speedometer with Bike Dashboard and won $10,000. Second prize went to Twitter-controlled N900 robot Niko and third prize went to Pit Crew slot car racing controller.

The three
finalists of the PUSH N900 MOD IN THE USA competition were  flown to
CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, where they presented their ideas to a panel
of judges. Each presenter was given 15 minutes to discuss their
inspiration and why they deserve the grand prize. After a very intense
deliberation, the judges decided that Bike Dashboard earned the grand
prize based on inventiveness, feasibility, conversation generation and
demonstration of the Nokia N900's capabilities

"We're extremely excited to have won this
competition! To think that just a few weeks ago we were brainstorming an
idea to submit and now we're here in Las Vegas with that idea a reality
is truly amazing," said Brett Peterson, a member of BrettSarahTops.
"It's really cool that Nokia put together a competition that encouraged
us to develop something we thought would be an awesome spin on their
existing innovations."

utilized several different features of the Nokia N900 to create a Bike
Dashboard. From the GPS to the camera, the team transformed the Nokia
N900 into a car-like dashboard. The screen of the Nokia N900 showed a
speedometer, odometer, mapped routes with GPS and even provided a car
horn - becoming the killer app for cyclists everywhere.

While BrettSarahTops took home first place, the fact
that both Niko and Pit Crew had very creative and innovative mods made
it a difficult decision for the judges. For both team's hard work
creating their respective mods, they'll also be taking home prizes. Niko
placed second and will receive a prize of USD 5,000 while Pit Crew will
receive USD 3,000 for placing third.

The Nokia N900 has broadened the choice for technology
enthusiasts who appreciate the ability to multitask and browse the
internet like they would on their desktop computer. Running on the new
Maemo 5 software, the Nokia N900 empowers users to have dozens of
application windows open and running simultaneously while taking full
advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.
The Nokia N900 also packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB
of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration as well as
32GB of storage space, a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, high
resolution WVGA touch screen, HSPA, WLAN and much, much more.

The global PUSH N900
competition held in October 2009 drew hundreds of entries and resulted
in the construction of five widely varying mods. With finalists from
both global and USA-focused competitions coming up with ideas that span a
broad spectrum - from transforming the N900 into spray-can that emits
light graffiti to the brains of a robot, as well as other very, very
creative ideas - the capability of a truly open device such as the Nokia
N900 has been a great source for innovation and creativity.